HUNDREDS of people in Morpeth enjoyed a fund-raising chat and cuppa on Friday.
Events were held across the town to collect money for Macmillan Cancer Support’s World’s Biggest Coffee Morning campaign.
And three brave men – John Clouston, Andrew Thornton and Gordon Turner – went a step further as they had their legs waxed by Angelica Health and Beauty at the event in Boots (the pharmacy in the NHS Centre), which has raised more than £1,500.
Manager Zelie MacDonnell said: “We’re grateful to the men for agreeing to have their legs waxed. Quite a few people who did not know what was happening came along to have a look and they then made a donation.”
The branch also thanked Bristol Street Motors, Rutherfords, Glentons, Cafe des Amis, Morrisons, Smailes, Osbornes Jewellers, Applebys Bookshop, Lin-Mor Direct, Asda, Wetherspoons, Joanne at Salon 141, Marabinis, Linden Hall, J X Tanning, Waterford Lodge and The Beauty Spot for donating raffle and tombola prizes and those who bought tickets.
The Boots company donated £500 towards the total.
Anne Straker held a party at her home in Emily Davison Avenue, Kirkhill. About 70 to 80 people attended and £820 was collected through donations, a raffle and tombola.
She said: “A combination of the national publicity for the coffee morning and my mum having a cancer scare earlier in the year influenced me to host my own event.
“It was a nice social occasion and I’m also delighted to have raised a decent amount of money for a fantastic charity.”
Staff at the Morpeth branch of Barclays baked cakes and provided tea and coffee for customers and guests, including town Mayor Joan Tebbutt. They raised £580 and this was doubled by the bank to make the total £1,160.
Cashier Emma Riley-Wilson, the main organiser of this event, said: “All the staff got involved and I also sold raffle tickets to friends, family and people living near my house. I wanted to put in some effort because my dad died from cancer and it’s a really good cause.
“It helped that we had some great raffle prizes donated by local businesses including Shambles and Carlo’s Fish and Chips (meal for two) and Davidsons of Morpeth (free MOT and £50 off a service).”
More than £200 was collected at an event in the Barnabas Safe and Sound building on Dark Lane, which was well attended.
Young adults Luke Botto and Laura Barrass did some baking and they served the refreshments along with founder and president Cecilia Brown.
Barnabas’ fund-raising officer Louise Metcalfe said: “We invited board members and trustees, but members of the public could also come along to make a donation and see how we help young people across Northumberland.
“Everyone involved and those in attendance really enjoyed the coffee morning.”
The Morpeth branch of Marks & Spencer raised more than £1,000, including from a sponsored ballroom dance, a bake sale and section manager Caroline Davison sitting in a paddling pool of coffee.
She said: “I was really pleased with the amount I raised for a fantastic cause (£263.53) considering I was only outside for three hours; the paddling pool was rather small and I was starting to get a bit chilly.
“I’m very grateful to everyone who made a donation.”
The Mayor and her husband, Coun Andrew Tebbutt, supported an event at Simonside Close, Kirkhill. More than 100 visitors enjoyed tea, coffee and home-made scones and the home-baked cake stall was completely sold out.
Well over £600 has been raised so far.
A coffee morning for Macmillan also took place at the Riverside Leisure Centre in Newmarket.